Petr Sykora joins Oilers
Petr Sykora had 16 goals and 31 points in 40 games after being traded to the NY Rangers last season.
Sykora, a 60", 190-pound right winger from Plzen, Czech Republic, joins the Oilers following a 2005-06 season that saw him register the sixth 50-point season of his career. The 29-year-old scored 23-28-51 with 50 penalty minutes in 74 games with both the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the New York Rangers.
He began his 10th NHL season with Anaheim and scored 7-13-20 with 28 PIM in 34 games with the Mighty Ducks before being traded to New York on January 8, 2006 for Maxim Kondratiev. In 40 games on Broadway, Sykora scored at almost a point-per-game pace with 16-15-31 with 22 PIM. His 23 goals placed him third on the Rangers in goal scoring and he was fifth in both points and assists. With New York, he reached a career milestone as he earned an assist on a goal by Martin Straka on March 12, 2006 versus the Atlanta Thrashers for his 500th career NHL point.
A gifted goal scorer, Sykoras 23 goals marks the seventh consecutive season that he has scored 20-or-more goals. He also hit the 50-point plateau for the third consecutive season and for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Sykora finished the 2005-06 season with a combined plus/minus ranking of +6, marking the seventh time in his career that he has been plus or even. His career plus/minus ranking is +77.
The Oilers are Sykoras fourth NHL team since joining the league in 1995-96 with New Jersey. The Devils selected him as their first choice, 18th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft after playing part of two seasons in the International Hockey League with the Cleveland Lumberjacks and Detroit Vipers. He became the youngest player to play in the IHL when he joined Cleveland in 1993-94, making his professional debut at the ripe old age of 17 years, 17 days.
Sykora made an immediate impact with the Devils, scoring a goal in his first NHL game on October 28, 1995 versus Pittsburgh. It was one of 18 goals he would tally in his rookie season as he tied for fifth in NHL rookie scoring with 18-24-42 in 63 games and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. He registered three consecutive seasons with 60-or-more points between 1998-99 and 2000-01, including a career best season in 2000-01 that saw him set single-season career-highs in goals, assists and points with 35-46-81 in 73 games.
He would play seven seasons with the Devils and helped New Jersey claim its second Stanley Cup championship in 1999-00. It was the first of three Stanley Cup Final appearances for Sykora as he also reached the final with New Jersey in 2000-01 and Anaheim in 2002-03.
Sykora was dealt to Anaheim on July 6, 2002 in a seven player deal. He scored 64-67-131 in 197 career games with the Mighty Ducks, and hit the 30-goal plateau for the second time in his career with 34 goals in 2002-03.
During his 10 seasons in the NHL, Sykora has scored 225-287-512 with 290 career PIM in 682 regular season games and has added 26-33-59 in 88 playoff games.
On the international stage, Sykora has represented the Czech Republic on several occasions, including the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He scored a goal in four games to help the Czechs finish in fifth place. He has won two medals at the World Championship with a gold medal in 1999 and a bronze medal in 1998 and has also played in two World Junior Championhips (1994, 1995) and the 1997 World Cup of Hockey.